Thursday, April 18, 2024

Latino Americans: The 500-Year Legacy That Shaped a Nation







PBS NewsHour Senior Correspondent, Ray Suarez, has taken upon the task to share with America, the history of its fastest growing minority. He is the author of, “Latino Americans: The 500 Year Legacy That Shaped a Nation,” a documentary series, chronicling the history of Latinos in the United States.

Suarez is looking to change the way the history of Latinos is being taught in classrooms across the nation. “As the number of Latinos and the percentage grows in America, that redefinition is going to be a long-term work in progress. I don’t think it will make any sense to learn history the way we’ve learned it in the past,” Suarez has said.

The changing context of American history provides a compelling background to the five century-long story that begins with the first Latino, born just after the arrival of Columbus, and ends in present times with the more than 50 million Latinos living in the U.S. today.

To tell these stories, this landmark project is also joined by award-winning filmmakers from around the country, led by the Emmy Award-winning Series Producer Adriana Bosch.

In an interview with Voxxi, Bosch had stated that “[this documentary will create] an understanding on the Latino presence: how we’ve become part of American history, how we have helped shape American history and how American history has helped shape us.”
Meanwhile, Suarez promises that “this story is different from other conventional histories you may have read.”

“Latino Americans”   will air during Hispanic Heritage Month, premiering on PBS  Tuesday, September 17, 2013 and broadcast nationally in Spanish on Vme, the public television Spanish-language channel, on Saturday, September 20.

The Daily News